WEEC NEWS – THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014


Today marks five years since the last increase of the federal minimum wage which is currently $7.25 an hour. U.S. Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio is among those taking a challenge to walk in the shoes of a minimum wage worker and live on $77 a week.

I’m Ruth Book reporting on this and more for our WEEC News!

Congressman Tim Ryan says he understands that he will not face the same challenges of lower income families, but he hopes the symbolic gesture will bring attention to their struggles. Here’s Ryan: “We’re gonna get nowhere close to what a normal family would have to deal with. We have a new baby and we have boxes of diapers that we’ve already purchased. We have toothpaste and things in our medicine cabinet that won’t challenge us this week, but would challenge a normal family.” It is estimated that over five percent, or 3.8 million, hourly workers are paid at or below the federal minimum wage. Ryan is among those supporting efforts to raise it to $10.10 an hour. Ohio’s minimum wage of $7.95 was raised this year. A dozen other states also have a higher minimum wage than the federal level. Others participating in the challenge include former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Democratic US Representatives Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois. Ryan says he encourages other colleagues to join so they learn just how difficult it is to get by on such a small amount of money. “We say a lot I Washington, we want people to work hard and play by the rules, but the end of the day if you work hard and play by the rules and you still can’t make ends meet and you still live in poverty, than the rhetoric’s just not gonna be enough.” In the spring, the Senate voted to end debate on a measure raising the wage.

The city of Springfield has issued an alert warning the residents of misleading door-to-door solicitations. Residents in the Harding Road and North Fountain Avenue area have been contacted regarding free roof replacements with community development grants. The city of Springfield Community Development said they don’t solicit door-to-door for programs. Anyone approached by an individual representing to have Community Development grant money available to pay for repairs should call the Springfield Police Division at 937/324-7680. Homeowners should also note that the Home Solicitation Sales Act protects consumers from high pressure door-to-door sales by giving them a three-day “cooling-off” period during which a contract can be cancelled. For information on legitimate city of Springfield home repair assistance programs or to confirm that a contractor has a valid license, call the Community Development Department at 937/324-7380.

A family of three escaped a fire at their home…and as they did they heard explosions in their garage. No one was hurt in the fire on Resik Drive in Huber Heights that started around 1:30 this morning. A neighbor alerted the family by pounding on the door and screaming that the house was burning. The neighbor who helped was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation then was released. The blaze started in the garage where gas cans were stored, according to the Dayton Daily News.
There was a serious injury collision last night in Harrison Township around 9:30 near the intersection of North Main Street and Cavendish Drive involving a three-wheeled motorcycle and a subcompact car. The driver of the Harley-Davidson, an older man, was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Two 14 year old boys in Kettering admitted to police that they stole whatever they could from around twenty vehicles in the area. Neighbors called Kettering police when they noticed the two boys rummaging through cars. The juveniles were found about an hour later in the area of Stroop Road and Far Hills Avenue. Officer Ron Roberts said some people may have not noticed that they had property stolen from their vehicles. Police remind people to simply lock their vehicle doors. Centerville police recently told the newspaper that 91 percent of all theft-from-vehicle reports taken last year involved unlocked vehicles.

The Annual Ohio State Fair has kicked off in Columbus. The new attractions this year include a bear show, a gymnastics and dance performance on horseback, and foods such as the Sloppy Donut, Banana Dog, Chicken Dog and Funnel Cake Sundaes. Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined General Manager Virgil Strickler in opening ceremonies Wednesday. Kasich then toured parts of the fairgrounds with his wife, Karen, and their twin 14-year-old daughters, Emma and Reese. The Ohio Governor routinely opens the event, but it is unusual to make it a family affair. Kasich is seeking re-election this year. He faces democrat Ed Fitzgerald, the Cuyahoga County Executive in Cleveland. This is the 161st year for the fair.

The Clark County Fair is continuing through tomorrow night as well! The Springfield News Sun reports that many local candidates have been present at the fair…meeting and greeting those at the fair! Auditor John Federer said that the fair is “a great place to meet people, but also to answer any questions the public may have.” Oh…by the way…Friday is “Free till Three” day where you can get into the Clark County Fair until three o’clock….FREE! Regular prices resume at 3. Tonight in the Big Tent will be the Texaco Country Showdown at 6pm and at 7pm at the Grandstand it’s the Truck Tug-O-War! WEEC Staff will be at our booth in the Mercantile Building, so stop by and say hello!

The Greene County Fair in Xenia begins this Sunday! Caroline Mason will be at our Strong Tower/WEEC/WFCJ booth from Noon-3 and I look forward to greeting you from 3-9 on Sunday!

The Annual Ohio State Fair has kicked off in Columbus. The new attractions this year include a bear show, a gymnastics and dance performance on horseback, and foods such as the Sloppy Donut, Banana Dog, Chicken Dog and Funnel Cake Sundaes. Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined General Manager Virgil Strickler in opening ceremonies Wednesday. Kasich then toured parts of the fairgrounds with his wife, Karen, and their twin 14-year-old daughters, Emma and Reese. The Ohio Governor routinely opens the event, but it is unusual to make it a family affair. Kasich is seeking re-election this year. He faces democrat Ed Fitzgerald, the Cuyahoga County Executive in Cleveland. This is the 161st year for the fair.

Tonight will be clear with lows dropping to around 53. Sunshine is forecast for Friday with highs near 76. There is a 20 percent chance for some precipitation tomorrow night and lows will dip to 62. We have a 30 percent chance of some showers and thunderstorms Saturday afternoon through the evening with that possibility going up to 40 percent on Sunday. Temperatures will rise to 83 on Saturday but cool a bit to 80 for Sunday.